Makeup Bases

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The right base can make all the difference in your makeup routine. It can smooth out your skin tone, help you achieve the perfect canvas for your foundation, and keep your face from getting shiny or greasy. A great makeup base will keep your makeup on for hours. It’s important to choose the right base for your skin type and tone. Here are a few products to help you get started on selecting the best base for you.

tarteMini Maracuja Creaseless Concealer

Size: 0.035 oz/ 1 g·ITEM: 2274066

Color: 32N medium neutral - medium skin with neutral undertones

748 Reviews


I will admit, this “creaseless” concealer creases very bad for me under my eyes, but to use on my eyes for a base for my eyeshadow or a cut crease, it works very well...I would recommend it as a base layer for your concealer. Get the big one! The small is smaller than I thought

What it is: A vegan, full-coverage, creamy under-eye concealer with a new applicator that’s totally foolproof and travel-friendly.

Coverage: Full

Finish: Radiant

Formulation: Liquid

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Maracuja: Rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin C for firmer-, brighter-, smoother-looking skin and maximum hydration.
- Vitamin C: A free radical fighter with antioxidant benefits that also helps diminish premature signs of aging, while brightening skin.
- Vitamin E: A natural preservative that also acts as an emollient and antioxidant.

Fashion FairFabulous Face Priming Serum

Size: 1 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2477057

Color: Peach-tinted - all skin tones; translucent finish

27 Reviews


I let it absorb into the skin for about 10 minutes before applying makeup. My makeup wore well but I didn’t notice much improvement with my pores. ...Once you apply it to your face, it kind of dries down to a poreless and very soft matte finish. It makes a great base for foundation and makeup, and it makes it last well.

What it is: A do-everything serum-primer to visibly even tone and texture, boost radiance, and prep your skin for seamless makeup application.


Skin Type:
Normal, Oily, Dry, Combination

Concerns: Pores and Uneven Skin Tone

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Shea Butter: Smooths, visibly plumps, and delivers an abundance of fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins.
- Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract: An antioxidant-rich ingredient that visibly brightens and reduces hyperpigmentation.
- Niacinamide (Vitamin B3): Promotes visibly bright, glowing skin.

Armani BeautyFluid Sheer Glow Enhancer Highlighter

Size: 18 mL·ITEM: 2424869

Color: 7 - pink pearl

441 Reviews


After contour, but before foundation base makeup. Also- my favorite trick is to use the peach color for color correcting under eye darkness. ...It can be used as a regular highlight by itself on cheekbones, brow bones, etc, but it also blends seamlessly with foundation if you want an all-over glow with your base makeup. I also mixed a pump in with body lotion and it looks amazing on the body as well.

What it is: A lightweight, multiuse complexion enhancer for a dewy glow—use as a highlighter or mix with skincare or foundation for a radiant boost.

Coverage: Light



What Else You Need to Know:
Experience weightless perfection with this liquid formula, which melts into skin for a seamless finish, under or over makeup. Sheer, buildable coverage ensures mistake-proof application, allowing you to customize your glow. Available in versatile shades, it can be used as a highlighter, blush, or bronzer. You can also mix it with foundation for a radiance boost.

MAC CosmeticsPrep + Prime Natural Radiance

Size: 1.7 oz/ 50 mL·ITEM: 2097657

Color: Radiant Pink

17 Reviews


This primer is light and smooth (Ive been told it’s a gel base) that slightly sinks into my skin, leaving a poreless appearance (unlike thick silicone based just sat in my skin and thin water based dried me out) plus theres 0 scent. ...The texture is smooth and creamy which makes a perfect base for my makeup and the smell is light. My most trusted product.

What it is:
A makeup primer that's specifically beneficial for oily and combination skin types.

What it does:
A silky gel emulsion, rich in natural ingredients, Prep + Prime Natural Radiance hydrates and primes to improve foundation or powder application, control oil, and promote smooth texture. Vitamins E and C protect with antioxidants, while caffeine calms skin. Illuminating pearl powders reflect optic radiance. The formula disappears upon application, resulting in a beautiful glow. The formula controls shine, provides long-term hydration, and improves radiance while smoothing and softening the look of skin.

What else you need to know:
This product is silicone-free.


Amazing for makeup base...A little goes a long way and i like to use it for a daily makeup routine for my makeup base!...User Made my base makeup go on so smoothly, it lasted me all day and there was not one moment where I felt my skin dry nor was it heavy on my skin!

What it is: A non-comedogenic makeup primer with skincare benefits that blurs pores, controls shine, and locks makeup for up to 12 hours with a soft matte finish.

Finish: Matte

Skin Type: Normal, Oily, and Combination

Concerns: Oil and Pores

Highlighted Ingredients:

- Niacinamide: Helps minimize the appearance of pores.

- Bakuchiol: Helps visibly smooth skin texture and even skin tone.

- Lentil Extract: Helps reduce shine.

MAC CosmeticsMineralize Skinfinish Natural Face Powder

Size: 0.35 oz/ 10 g·ITEM: 2099612

Color: Light Plus - pale golden beige

50 Reviews


I would not recomend this for oil control and to make makeup last longer. However it does give a beautiful, natural glow to the skin, without any glitter or shiny irridescense...I wasn't entirely sure about the shade, as I am medium-tan, but this powder works really well for setting my foundation and/or as a base for eye shadow. It does kick up a bit when you use it.

What it is:
A slow-baked powder with M·A·C Multi-Mineral Complex that provides a natural, dimensional finish.

What it does:
This luxurious, slow-baked domed face powder with low-level pearlized pigments provides a dimensional yet natural-satin finish. Featuring the M·A·C Multi-Mineral Complex and vitamin E, it can be used to set foundation and to touch-up makeup throughout the day and is perfect for contouring the face and body.

What else you need to know:
This product is dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested and non-acnegenic.

MAKE UP FOR EVERUltra HD Skin Booster

ITEM: 1911320

Size: 0.4 oz/ 12 mL

157 Reviews


The Secret to Long Lasting Makeup...This product is my secret to long lasting face makeup! I have incredibly sensitive skin and this product works wonderfully at providing a smooth, silky base for my foundation. ...Fantastic for that extra needed hydration! My foundation (also Makeup Forever) looks so much better with this base.

What it is:
A hydrating face serum that delivers a plumped look, preps skin for makeup, and hydrates to smooth the appearance of fine lines.

What it does:
Recharge your complexion with Ultra HD Skin Booster. Rich in hyaluronic-acid and argan oil extract, it instantly hydrates skin to smooth the appearance of fine lines.

MAKE UP FOR EVERStep 1 Primer Shine Control

Size: 1 oz / 30 ml·ITEM: 2424679

Color: Shine Control - for oily, normal, combination skin

265 Reviews


Amazing Base!...I received this product to review, and I really really like it! It sets a good base for my foundation and helps it last longer without getting cakey, and will definitely be a staple in both my everyday and pageant makeup routines now that I've discovered it!...Wear it as a base....Love this stuff, I wear it under my makeup as a base, does wonders for my acne and oily skin.

What it is: A mattifying makeup primer that absorbs oil to control shine, delivers a blurred, velvety finish, and extends makeup wear.


Skin Type:
Normal, Oily, and Combination

Concerns: Oil

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Ginseng: Known to protect, promote radiant-looking skin, and maintain a smooth complexion.

What Else You Need to Know: Achieve a blurred, matte complexion for up to 20 hours with the Step 1 Primer Shine Control. This comfortable formula is made with mineral clay powder, absorbs oil, and controls shine while extending the wear of makeup.

SaieHydrabeam Hydrating & Concealing Under Eye Brightener with Cucumber Extract

Size: 0.20 oz / 6 ml·ITEM: 2511616

Color: HB SEVEN - For deep skin tones with red undertones

805 Reviews


Light coverage for natural makeup...I love it for a makeup no makeup look - It’s very natural and has light coverage, which I love....I am ultra sensitive to makeups and Saie is the only modern makeup I have found that is gentle enough for me to use around my eyes.

What it is: A hydrating and concealing under eye brightener with effortless light coverage that’s clinically proven to illuminate + hydrate skin over time. 

Coverage: Light


Highlighted Ingredients:
- Olive-Derived Squalane and Plant-Derived Glycerin: Lock in moisture and leave skin quenched and visibly glowing.

- Tomato Extract: Visibly brightens, plumps, and evens skin tone.

- Cucumber Extract: Soothes with ascorbic and lactic acids and protects with antioxidants.

MAC CosmeticsPrep + Prime Highlighter

Size: 0.12 oz/ 3.6 mL·ITEM: 2096949

Color: Peach Lustre - bronzy orange

23 Reviews


I like to use this under a more full coverage concealer so I have a really good base to start with and less of the full coverage right underneath my eyes is needed (which means less creasing)! ...I also use it alone for a light coverage no makeup look. I swear by it!

What it is:
A pen-style highlighter that efficiently brings a soft, sheer wash of color to the skin.

What it does:
With its precision application, Prep + Prime Highlighter adds radiance just where you want it. The formula goes on smoothly for cushion-soft wear. Use it over makeup for highlights or touch-ups, or under makeup to brighten and prime.

Prep + Prime Highlighter provides instant radiance that is lightweight, long-wearing, and non-drying. It is dermatologist-tested, ophthalmologist-tested, and non-acnegenic.

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“Nice little set miss the highlighter being in the set but it’s a good brow kit especially for a beginner”
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“This is definitely a makeup must have! I have tried numerous eye shadow bases and none of them have worked as well as the Nars product”
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“The coverage was good, and the shade didn't make me look yellow or orange. This foundation stayed on my face and didn't crease at all”
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